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Women's Soccer in Hawaii: US Team Cancels Over Field Conditions

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By    |   Monday, 07 Dec 2015 08:28 AM

The U.S. women's soccer team canceled its Sunday game against Trinidad and Tobago in Hawaii because of the condition of the field.

The decision not to play the game was made after the team walked through Aloha Stadium and found buckling on the turf surface, Fox News reported.

"The training grounds that we were given and the playing surface of the stadium were horrible," said Alex Morgan, a striker for the U.S. women's team. "I think it's hard because no one's really going to protect us but ourselves."

"So we're put in a very hard position because obviously we want to play in front of these fans and we want to train before the game but injuries happen when you don't protect yourself and when you're not protected from those higher up from you,'' she added.

Goalie Hope Solo tweeted out a photo of the buckled turf on Sunday.


Fox News reported that the day before, midfielder Megan Rapinoe tore her ACL in a scrimmage at the University of Hawaii.

"It happened very fast," said U.S. coach Jill Ellis. "It was certainly non-contact. There were plates just off the field and she came off the field on the play. Did she catch one of those? I don't know."

Aloha Stadium manager Scott Chan issued a statement, telling the Honolulu Star Advertiser that the facility had hoped to reach some agreement with the team so the squads could play.

"We are extremely disappointed that this event will not take place at Aloha Stadium," Chan told the newspaper. "U.S. Soccer officials informed us that this game will not be played at approximately nine [Saturday night]. We feel the people of Hawaii deserve to see an international soccer match of this caliber, however, we were unable to reach an agreement with U.S. Soccer to allow this event to happen."

U.S. Soccer spokesman Neil Buethe said in a statement that the cancellation was in the "best interest" of both teams.

"Player safety is our number one priority at all times and after a thorough inspection throughout the day, we determined it was in the best interest for both teams to not play the match," he said. "We regret not being able to play in front of our fantastic, loyal fans."

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